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DEC announces new recreational fishing regulations
DEC announces new recreational fishing regulations

According to the Department of Environmental Conservation new recreational fishing regulations are now effective for summer flounder (fluke), scup (porgy) and black sea bass.

The new regulations are less restrictive than current rules and specify changes to minimum size limit, possession limit and open season for all three species.

"These regulation changes reflect improvements to populations of scup, black sea bass and summer flounder," said DEC Assistant Commissioner for Natural Resources, Kathy Moser in a statement. "The scup population is particularly robust at this time, and we encourage anglers to get out on the water and enjoy the increased opportunity for anglers to bring home freshly caught fish."

Below are new regulations from the DEC.

Summer Flounder: The new regulations include a 4-fish possession limit, a 19.5-inch minimum size limit and a May 1 through September 30 open season.

Scup: The new recreational scup season will run from May 1 through December 31. In addition, anglers will be able to keep 20 fish of 10½ inches or longer. Anglers fishing from licensed party and charter vessels must abide by an 11-inch minimum size limit for their 20 fish during the May 1 through December 31 season, but can take 40 fish during the months of September and October.

Black Sea Bass: The new regulations include a 15-fish possession limit and an open season from June 15 through December 31. The minimum size limit remains 13 inches.

Recreational marine fishing regulations can be viewed on the DEC website. For additional information, contact DEC Marine Resources Division at 631-444-0435.


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